Heavy and Extra-heavy Oil Upgrading Technologies


  • James Speight, Editor, Petroleum Science and Technology (formerly Fuel Science and Technology International) and editor of the journal, Energy Sources. Dr. Speight is also Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah.

Unconventional reservoirs of oil and gas represent a huge additional global source of fossil fuels. However, there is much still to be done to improve techniques for their processing to make recovery and refining of these particular energy sources more cost-effective. Brief but readable, Heavy and Extra-heavy Oil Upgrading Technologies provide readers with a strategy for future production (the up-stream) and upgrading (the down-stream). The book provides the reader with an understandable overview of the chemistry and engineering behind the latest developments and technologies in the industry as well as the various environmental regulations.

Clear and rigorous, Heavy and Extra-heavy Oil Upgrading Technologies will prove tool for those scientists and engineers already engaged in fossil fuel science and technology as well as scientists, non-scientists, engineers, and non-engineers who wish to gain a general overview or update of the science and technology of unconventional fossil fuels in general and upgrading technologies in particular. The use of microorganisms and a number of physical methods, such as ultrasound, median microwave, cold plasma, electrokinetic and monocrystalline intermetallics, etc., will be discussed for the first time.

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Production engineers, Reservoir Engineers, Petroleum Process Engineers, Geologists and Research and development engineers


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-404570-5


"Written in plain language, this slim book explains the different processes for refining heavy feedstocks, highlighting recent improvements in thermal cracking, catalytic cracking, catalytic hydrotreating, hydrocracking, and solvent processes."--Research and Reference Book News, August 2013

Table of Contents

Part One –Primary Upgrading Technologies

  1. Visbreaking
  2. Delayed Coking
  3. Fluid Coking and Flexicoking
  4. Fluid Catalytic Cracking
  5. Hydroconversion
  6. Part Two – Secondary Upgrading Technologies

  7. Hydrocracking
  8. Hydrotreatment for Bitumen-Derived Liquids
  9. Part Three – Enhanced Upgrading

  10. Solvent Deasphalting and Supercritical Extraction
  11. Gasification
  12. Hydrovisbreaking and Fast Pyrolysis